People

Stepping into a Leadership Role – Why not you?

By Elizabeth Nostedt, DTM; Region 10 Advisor, Past Region 11 Advisor, and Past District 59 Director

Within a brief time (if it hasn’t already happened by the time this goes to print), your District team will be asking YOU if you would like to step forward and take a leadership role at the District level – as an Area Director, Division Director or higher. You may have many different thoughts about this – like:

  • Am I ready for this?
  • Do I really want to do this?
  • I have so many other things happening now.
  • What do I have to do in this role X?
  • and so on.

Leadership roles are not obvious to all of us, but they can certainly help us grow as people. Let me tell you a few leadership stories from my career in Toastmasters and in a corporate setting.

As Area Director (AD) – this is the true test of serving others.

As Area Director, people may look up to you as the person that should know everything. But that is not necessary – because there are so many resources in Toastmasters to help you – like the District Leader manual. This is exactly what I learned – I did not have to be an expert. I knew how to read – and I learned to ask good questions. I could ask the person who was AD before me, and I could ask other District leaders. I could also say – “I don’t know the answers to that.” I further learned that when I conducted Club Officer Training and when I visited the clubs in Area – I learned so much about people. I learned about their wants and needs and dreams for being a leader. I learned that I was the servant leader to them.

I set the vision for the Area for the year. I believed that our clubs could be Presidents Distinguished and through the training sessions, we reviewed how to do it with the club leaders. They caught the vision and understood it. We achieved it.

As soon as that Leadership Vision was clear, then it was my role to help them implement it. It included further interpretation of what each goal meant and what actions were necessary.

The biggest learnings came from working with others as volunteers. Of course, all the club officers are volunteers! And as AD, we are volunteers. So, it is not like at work where we work with employees, that they are expected to do the work because they are employees and get paid to work. It meant that I reflected on if I needed help with something, how could I best ask for help, and would this appeal to the person I asked, so that they would help.

As CGD, PQD and District Director

These roles further expanded my learnings as a leader, because there were more committees and more work to be done THROUGH others. A vision, an inspirational idea, enthusiasm for the work, willingness to do the work myself – these were all ways to work through others to achieve our goals. I learned to coach others with great open-ended questions so that they often found the answers they were seeking.

Was it all easy? Definitely not! I can certainly say there were challenges – but they also meant large leadership/personal learning lessons. There were people who could not get along with each other, an area director who did not want to build a new club – because he/she knew better, keeping District conferences within budget, and so on – each challenge came with a new lesson to be learned.

Servant leaders are motivated by caring and the agenda they seek is mutual benefit.” -Stephen M.R. Covey

When working in a corporate setting

I have worked for many years in various corporate settings – from being an “ordinary” employee, to being a department manager and leader of a large group and to my current position as a Senior Project Manager on IT and Business projects. Each of these roles of leadership meant something new.

As an “ordinary” employee, I was the leader of my own work. I learned time management of my own time. Some of you may think that it is tough when a manager is telling you what to do, but what if you yourself are the slave driver!! This is comparable to you as an ordinary Toastmasters member who also must take responsibility and needs encouragement to reach the next level of growth and awards.

As a Department manager, then I saw the people who were motivated by what they were doing, and those who were not motivated. As I see it now, all motivation is “self-motivation” and it was my work to ensure that we could find the things that would keep all the employees motivated in some way. This is perhaps like you as an Area Director, where you can see the clubs that are motivated to reach DCP and others that simply do not care.

As a Senior Project Manager now, I am caught between what my Management Team wants me to deliver, and what my team members say they can deliver. That is another dilemma. This is perhaps like the Division Director role – caught between the Area director and the District Leadership Team.

In each role at work, and in each level at Toastmasters, I take the time to reflect what lessons I have learned, and there are so many. They have made me a better person and a better leader – and they were so worth doing because of how much I have grown.

The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations

Are you interested in serving as a District Leader for the Toastmaster year 2019-2020? Serving as a District Leader is a wonderful opportunity to further develop your communication and leadership skills.  Leadership roles can be challenging, but mostly they are rewarding, and they are always a learning opportunity.

The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the roles of:

  • District Director
  • Program Quality Director
  • Club Growth Director
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Division Director (for Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, M, N and S)

For more details please click on the links below:

 

First call for Nominations for District Officers for 2019-20 by Saturday 15th December 2018

 

If you know of someone you feel would make a suitable candidate, or would like to nominate yourself, please complete the following paperwork

  • From the candidate themselves
  • Both Submissions should be made to
    • the District Leadership Committee Chair – Immediate Past District Director, Red Skelton, DTM at skeltonred1@gmail.com
    • Deadline for candidates to declare intent to run is

Saturday 15th December 2018.

 

After this date, the DLC will contact candidates to arrange interviews and will seek out other candidates as appropriate.  The final report of the DLC will be circulated to District Council members by April 2019, 4 weeks prior to the District Council meeting in May 2019, when voting will take place.  Any questions, please contact the Committee Chair Red Skelton at skeltonred1 (at) gmail.com

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson #ChantalCookePR

Chantal Cooke (#ChantalCookePR) of Panpathic Communications is a Public Relations agent retained by Districts 71 and 91 to help us obtain national press coverage. See here to read the article writing brief and you might win tickets to the next district conference.

#ChatalCookePR Vinette Hoffman Jackson

Vinette Hoffman Jackson (Bedford Speakers)

 

8th January 2019

10 of the best, unusual, most effective props to use when giving a speech

NetworkShe Readership 18k

11th December 2018

How to add impact to your presentation by using unusual props

How to add impact to your presentation by using unusual props

Lidradio Readership: 26k

28th November 2018

How do I… use creative and unusual props in my presentation?

http://www.bqlive.co.uk/national/2018/11/28/news/how-do-i-use-creative-and-unusual-props-in-my-presentation-34481/

Readership: BQLive says they have audience of 153k entrepreneurs, MDs and CEOs across the UK

19th November 2018

Nine of the Best Props to Add Impact to Your Presentation

https://blog.indezine.com/2018/11/nine-of-the-best-props-to-add-impact-to-your-presentation.html
Indezine: Make better presentations, fast!; Readership: 10k

Discover how mosquitoes were used as props in a speech as Bedford speaker shares her top tips

https://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/discover-how-mosquitoes-were-used-as-props-in-a-speech-as-bedford-speaker-shares-her-top-tips-1-8710606
Bedford Today, Readership 88k

14th November 2018

Ten of the best, unusual and most effective props

https://www.newbusiness.co.uk/articles/trainingeducation/ten-best-unusual-and-most-effective-props
NewBusiness.co.uk, for better business advice; Readership: 42k

Announcing Dan Rex in Ireland 16-17 November

Dan Rex

Dan Rex, CEO Toastmasters International, to visit

We are honoured to announce a brief visit by Dan Rex to Dublin in November.  Dan’s Itinerary includes: the presentation of a corporate Club Award; lunch with past International Director Ted Corcoran, who is recovering from major surgery, and members of the District Leadership Committee; and a visit to Division M’s Contests on Friday Night.

16 Nov Evening Dan Rex at D71, Division M contests.

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

Biography

As Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Rex leads the Toastmasters World Headquarters team in providing service, resources, and support to 352,000 members in 16,400 clubs in 141 countries.  He works closely with the International President and the Board of Directors to develop the future of Toastmasters and create and execute plans and strategies to reach those goals.

Rex has worked for Toastmasters for 27 years, and during that time he has led several departments at World Headquarters, giving him a unique perspective and an impressive depth of knowledge of the organization.  In 2008, he assumed the role of Executive Director, a title that was changed to Chief Executive Officer in 2013.  Rex’s previous positions include Deputy Executive Director, Director of Communications and Marketing, Marketing Division Manager, and Membership Manager.

Rex holds a BA degree in Modern Languages from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, and an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.  He holds certificates from the Leadership for Senior Executives course through Harvard Business School, and the Executive Leadership Program through the University of California, Berkeley.  He completed the Strategic Leadership Programme through the University of Oxford.

In addition to his Toastmasters duties, Rex serves as a member of the Key Global Associations Committee (KGAC) of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

 

 

16 Nov Evening Dan Rex at D71, Division M contests.

D71, Division M finals of the Humorous & Table Topics speech contests.

Breaking News….

We are honoured to welcome Mr Dan Rex CEO Toastmasters International, who will attend and speak at our contest!

 

Dan Rex
Will we see you there?

A great night’s entertainment guaranteed.

  • 6:30pm Briefings for contestants & SAAs by Contest Chair, Mary Burnham.
  • And also 6:30 briefings for Judges, Timekeepers, Tallies by Chief Judge, Shaun Durnin.
  • Doors close at 7:25pm SHARP!
  • 7:30 pm start.
  • €10 entrance for ALL except contestants.

Don’t forget your TM club banner!

Venue

 

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
Stillorgan Road, A94 V6K5 Dublin, Ireland
Map: https://her.is/2PjWvah

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

District 71 is pleased to announce that

DAN REX,

Chief Executive Officer, Toastmasters International

will be visiting Dublin

on Saturday 17th November 2018.

He will be presenting a workshop on

QUALITY CLUBS

At 2pm in the CARLTON HOTEL DUBLIN AIRPORT, OLD AIRPORT ROAD, CLOGHRAN, CO. DUBLIN

If you would like to attend, please email d71amblannon@gmail.com by Wednesday 14th November 2018

(Nominal charge for Tea/Coffee)

(Parking free)


Richard Foster-Fletcher #ChantalCookePR

Richard rose to the challenge of giving feedback when someone has done a truly awful job

Chantal Cooke (#ChantalCookePR) of Panpathic Communications is a Public Relations agent retained by Districts 71 and 91 to help us obtain national press coverage. (@chantalcooke / @panpathic) See here to read the article writing brief and you might win tickets to the next district conference.

Author Richard Foster-Fletcher (Eldergate Toastmasters)

April 2019

Richard’s feedback article is in the current edition of PM (magazine for marketing people working in professional services).

It is currently listed here: http://pmforum.co.uk/pm-magazine/pm-magazine.aspx and you can view a pdf of the article here: Dropbox pdf

PM Forum Readership: 8k

28th February 2019

Richard lends a hand to Gordon Adams http://d71toastmasters.org/gordon-adams-chantalcookepr/ with this radio interview on Speech Openings.

https://www.shareradio.co.uk/podcasts/share-interview-the-secrets-of-speech-making-28-feb-19/PodcastPlayer

ShareRadio Listeners: 35k

27th February 2019

How do I… give feedback when a team member hasn’t done a good job

http://www.bqlive.co.uk/business-professional-services/2019/02/27/news/how-do-i-give-feedback-when-a-team-member-hasn-t-done-a-good-job-35096

Readership 40k

25th January 2019

How to Give Negative Feedback

This article first appeared in Executive Secretary Magazine, a global training publication and must read for any administrative professional. You can get a 30% discount on an individual subscription when you subscribe through me. Email subscriptions@executivesecretary.com and tell them I sent you.

Readership: 15k

28th December 2018

Do and How to give feedback when something has gone badly wrong

Do and How to give feedback when something has gone badly wrong

Libradio Readership: 26k

19th December 2018

How to give constructive feedback 

https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/develop/talent/how-to-give-constructive-feedback

The Training Zone Readership: 97k

12th December 2018

How to give feedback when something has gone badly wrong

How to give feedback when something has gone badly wrong

FamilyFriendlyWorking Readership: 10k

9th November

How to give feedback to difficult employees

Company Bug: Set-up and grow your business fast, Readership: 12k

Key Steps for Feedback When Someone Has Done a Dreadful Job

Indezine: Make better Presentation Fast, Readership: 10k

1st November 2018

How to give feedback when a team member has let you down

Network She, Readership 18 thousand

30th October 2018

What to say to a staff member who’s done a terrible job

SME: Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Readership 84 thousand

26th October 2018

https://www.startupdonut.co.uk/blog/18/10/how-to-deliver-bad-feedback-to-employees/

The Startup Donut, Readership 143 thousand

https://www.sectorsdonut.co.uk/blog/18/10/how-to-deliver-bad-feedback-to-employees

The Sectors Donut, Readership 265 thousand

https://www.recruiter.co.uk/advice/2018/10/how-give-feedback-bad-bit-work

The Recruiter, Readership 53 thousand

WELCOME NEW CLUB IN DIVISION B

Club banner presentation to FEXCO

Gerard presenting Club Banner to FEXCO

Gerard presenting Club Banner to FEXCO

At a recent club meeting of Fexco, Killorglin, County Kerry,  Club Growth Director Gerard Mannix presented the club banner to Siobhan Colborne, President of Fexco Payments Toastmasters Club.

 

Sincere congratulations to Siobhan as she has been the brainchild and founder of this club. She was assisted by Toastmasters Debby Looney and Rachel Pinckheard. The club is thriving with regular very proactive and well attended meetings

 [FEXCO Payments & FX is a corporate club, Club Number: 06644880, District 71, Area B36, Charter Date: Nov. 30, 2017.

For a number of years now District 71 has incentivized the chartering of new clubs with their banner which is worth $100 plus shipping.  Banners make a strong branded professional statement and over time become adorned with the club’s honours and achievements.

addition by Daniel Sandars, PRM]

 

Kindest regards.

Gerard 

 

Gerard Mannix 

Club Growth Director,

Toastmasters International District 71

Out with the old, in with the new: A new year in Toastmasters

It’s the 1st of July and this ushers in a new year for us in Toastmasters. So it’s out with the old, and give a warm welcome to your new District Officers in District 71. Here are photos from District Officer Training in Ireland and England. Recognise anyone? 

District Officer Training in England, June 2018

Evaluation Contest: 2018 District 71

Pat Sexton from Division B (centre) with Contest Chair Helen Tait and District Director Red Skelton

The winner of today’s 2018 Evaluation Contest is Pat Sexton from Division B.

In second place was Eric Fitzpatrick from Division C. Third place went to Richard Foster Fletcher, from Division H.

Eric Fitzpatrick from Division C came second in the Evaluation Contest.

 

Entitled “Why you must neglect the housework”, the Test Speech was given by the District 71 Public Relations Manager, Laura Bruce.